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Being possessive of Victor likely flipped his switch

No, really, here’s why:

Before the competition, Yuri has to keep hearing people tell him to not monopolize Victor, and hear people telling Victor to leave him:

It made him come to the realization that no one would be satisfied with him having Victor -thus removing him from the competition- if they thought he was unworthy.

And that flipped his switch. Yuri wanted it to be clear to other that Victor was his alone, and he wasn’t just anyone, but someone important to Victor, and that he was worthy of that.

This performance wasn’t just about seducing Victor but also about flaunting his conquest, and his importance, to others.

Grand Prix Final: Newbie Guide

Or beginner’s guide, if you want. 

So I decided to write another redundant post (there are other eloquent previews written by various bloggers already) about LE GRAND PRIX DE PATINAGE ARTISTIQUE as my former fave Tatsuki Machida would say (by former I mean when he was competing). The Grand Prix season has quickly flown by along with the pigeon from Trophee de Flaque d’Eau France but not without shitting harvesting enough carrots for the whole winter from now on. I’m pretty sure y’all already know what we mean by carrots but if you don’t it’s underrotation calls. So we have 6 guys, 6 girls, 6 pairs and 6 dance teams fighting for that one shiny medal Yuuri Katsuki hasn’t been able to get in his 24 years of life. Here we go.

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The Jimin Effect #20

Yoongi: what.on earth.is going on here?
Hoseok: we’re having an argument
Yoongi: how about you answer my question while leaving out the obvious?
Hoseok: we’re arguing about who gets to sit next to Jimin in the car
Yoongi: …why?
Hoseok: because the maknaes have been monopolizing him and I want in
Yoongi: what if I want to sit next to him?
Taehyung: you- you want to sit next to him, hyung?
Yoongi: sure, and it’ll end the argument
Jungkook: who gets to sit on the other side?
Yoongi: Namjoon or Seokjin
Hoseok: but that means I still don’t get to sit next to him!
Yoongi: you can sit next to him on the ride home
Hoseok: fine
Taehyung: and me too?
Yoongi: nope, still me
Taehyung: why?
Yoongi: Hopi’s right, you do monopolize him
Jungkook: we do not!
Yoongi: yes, you do
Jungkook: yes, we do
Taehyung: but you understand why
Yoongi: I understand, and it’s going to stop
Taehyung: aw hyung, you’re no fun
Yoongi: I’m lots of fun, now get out of here and do something productive, I need to sleep
Jimin: are they gonna stop being noisy?
Yoongi: yeah. You don’t mind sitting next to me in the car, do you?
Jimin: no, why?
Yoongi: no reason, sleepy time

Seokjin: what.on earth.is going on here?
Yoongi: they’re arguing over something Jimin-related, right?
Jungkook: it’s none of your business
Taehyung: I told you to not be so loud!
Hoseok: they’re arguing over who gets to feed Jimin
Jimin: I can feed myself, actually, have been for several years now
Taehyung: but Jiminnie, it’s cute when we feed you!
Jungkook: you said we! That means I get to feed him too!
Taehyung: no it doesn’t!
Hoseok: here, Jiminnie, try this
Jimin: it’s good
Taehyung: hey!
Jungkook: why does Hopi-hyung get to feed you?
Jimin: he’s being normal about it
Namjoon: I wanna try it too
Hoseok: here
Namjoon: no, I want Jimin to do it
Jungkook: that’s just weird
Jimin: here, hyung
Namjoon: it is good, thanks
Jungkook: you wouldn’t feed me any
Jimin: sure I would, open up!
Taehyung: me too! Me too!
Jimin: I’m keep some for myself!
Seokjin: I am going to move away

Jimin: what.on earth.is going on here?
Taehyung: Jiminnie, I was thinking, how about we just make a schedule?
Jimin: a schedule for what?
Taehyung: for the days of sleeping with you
Jimin: what?
Taehyung: I get Mondays, Jungkookie gets Tuesdays, Hopi-hyung gets Wednesdays, I get Thursdays and so on
Jimin: when do I get to sleep by myself?
Jungkook: but you like sleeping with people, it’s not just me climbing into your bed anymore, you come into mine
Jimin: sometimes
Jungkook: on the nights that I or Taetae aren’t in yours
Jimin: we’re not making a schedule, that defeats the purpose
Taehyung: what’s the purpose?
Jimin: one of us needs a little something and goes to the person who can give it. A little warmth, a little comfort, a little safety. It’s supposed to be spontaneous
Taehyung: Jungkookie needs warmth, safety and comfort a lot. What about when I need it?
Jimin: don’t try and deny that you sneak into Hopi-hyung’s bed all the time
Taehyung: I’m not, but it’s mostly because you’re unavailable
Jungkook: Jimin’s been my safety blanket since the beginning, it’s a known fact in the group!
Jimin: what are you, a baby? Where’s my big, grown up Jungkook?
Jungkook: he’s not here right now. Right now, I just want to know if I can still sleep with you whenever I want
Jimin: you know I can’t turn you away
Jungkook: Tae-hyung, you can have him whenever I’m feeling grown up
Taehyung: oh joy, I get the leftovers
Jimin: are you calling me a leftover?
Taehyung: ah, no?
Jimin: and what about Hopi-hyung, don’t you think he likes sleeping with you?
Hoseok: yeah, don’t you think he likes sleeping with you?
Taehyung: where did you come from?
Hoseok: the moon
Jungkook: yeah, okay, anyway, see you tonight, hyung
Taehyung: not fair
Hoseok: I can see how much I’m loved, or not loved, rather
Jimin: I love you, hyung!
Hoseok: well, that’s something
Jimin: Tae
Taehyung: I love you too, hyung
Hoseok: oh, I can feel the sincerity
Jimin: I never thought I get to a point where I wish I was loved less
Taehyung: don’t be ridiculous, Jiminnie, you love that we fight over you
Jimin: no, I don’t
Yoongi: yeah, he kinda doesn’t
Hoseok: where did-
Yoongi: so, if you ever wanted to escape these guys, my bed’s open…
Jimin: oh my god

W/r/t the “copyright creates innovation” claim there have actually been studies done on the optimal length of copyrights and it’s literally always less than 1/10 of current copyright terms. Patents only last about 20 years but even their optimal term is only ~10 years before they discourage innovation through monopolization.

Tbh I would say that the optimal length of any intellectual property monopoly is 0 years, but I’m not exactly concerned with the profitability of capitalist enterprises. IP monopolies are an obvious form of the government “picking winners and losers” but apologists for capitalism don’t actually care about monopolies.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri, March 1, 1883  

A new word has been coined. It is d-u-d-e or d-o-o-d. The spelling does not seem to be distinctly settled yet, but custom will soon regulate it.

A dude cannot be old; he must be young, and to be properly termed a dude he should be one of a certain class who affect the Metropolitan theaters. The dude is from 19 to 28 years of age, wears trousers of extreme tightness, is hollow-chester, effeminate in his ways, apes the English and distinguishes himself among his fellowmen as a lover of actresses.

They are offensive, because they blow cigarette smoke in the ladies’ faces and monopolize the bar between the acts.

where a supervillain gets upset that the hero is always late to foiling them. they investigate and find out there’s a new up and coming supervillain monopolizing the hero’s time. that cannot stand. the supervillain stages a coup and gets rid of the new supervillain for the hero. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH LIKING THEM. SHUT UP. 

followed by the supervillain planning a debut heist after knowing that the hero will show up

“did you move that wingback chair into the warehouse just for your speech?”

“it was here the whole time”

“…right”

followed by the hero running late because their day job is really busy

“if they aren’t going to take this seriously, then they shouldn’t even be in the game”

“is this why you stopped stealing things on weeknights?”

i’m seeing that every time people propose some helpful social thing in the vein of “necessities should not be treated as luxuries and things are easier with communal effort” people bring up how those social things have been proposed before but failed.

what ur missing is the fact that they failed since people were more interested in exploiting any existing system for gain than actually helping that system come to fruition.

like, the whole thing where corrupt dictators take over, businesses monopolize everything, and the advantaged take further advantage of others is not from the proposed system being a bad one. it’s from badly behaved people being let into that system and consequently manipulate and drain it for selfish power.

it’s not the fault of health insurance that insulin’s prices have skyrocketed. it is the fault of ceo’s who decided to capitalize on the ill and take advantage of a system that should have lessened the burden, not increase it. it’s not the fault of teachers and young students that public education is a mess of funding, it’s the fault of state and federal billing which believes the education and futures of everyone is of lower priority than building golf courses and football stadiums.

the proposal to help people is a sound one. the failure is in people who never wished to care for others.

REQUEST: You catch Credence trying to surprise you with a gift for your birthday. (Happy birthday, @kkxnzie!!)

Warnings: None!!

Word Count: 1,014


You’d been with Newt and the Goldsteins for a while now, and you’d recently taken in Credence Barebone, the obscurus that had rampaged through New York. You’d spent a lot of time with him, since you were the only one of the group who wasn’t busy all the time, and you’d grown really quite fond of him. He was a little quiet, very reserved, and often let you monopolize the conversations, but you didn’t mind. You kind of gathered that he liked that you talked at him so much.

Because you talked so much though, Credence had learned that your birthday was coming up in a few days. His mother had never really celebrated birthdays or anything, but he knew that he wanted to get you something—something that showed that he listened to you and really found solace in your presence in his life and the friendship you had so readily extended to him. So he had collected some money—most of it borrowed from Newt and Tina—and had set out to find something he knew you’d like. His hair had grown out in the time he’d come to stay with the lot of you and he dressed much more appropriately for the weather, but he was still learning to adjust the shuffling, hunched in walk he had acquired from his time with Mary Lou, fearing every step he took. It was because of this walk that you noticed him window shopping.

That being said, you had no idea what he was doing, but he clearly had a purpose. You’d never seen him look so externally determined. You watched curiously as he stepped in and out of stores on the street, searching for—something. You hadn’t meant to follow him around the city, really you hadn’t, but that’s what you had ended up doing, watching from afar as he searched diligently throughout every store on the street. At the end of it all, he had circled back to a store he had entered earlier and came out with a small bag that he clutched tightly to his chest as he shuffled his way back to the apartment. You forgot all about the shopping you had set out to do yourself as you scurried home after him.

You opened the door to the apartment as quietly as you could and noticed that your bedroom door was cracked open just slightly. You couldn’t help yourself as you pushed it open a little wider and peaked inside to see Credence cradling a battered looking copy of [Your Favorite Novel]. The novel you had been talking to him about weeks before, during one of your first conversations with him as you had sought a subject that wouldn’t upset him, when you explained that you had lost your copy a few months back and hadn’t managed to find another. You let out a gentle gasp at the creak of the door and suddenly felt horrible at the sight of Credence’s face.

His head had shot up at the sound, and his face had turned beat red as his eyes filled with embarrassed tears. He had tried to be so careful to make sure you wouldn’t know, to surprise you and make you happy on the day of your birthday. He had waited for a day when everyone was out so that he wouldn’t be caught and so that no one would know what he had in mind for your gift. He wanted to leave it on your pillow so that you could see it alone, so he wouldn’t have to see if you didn’t like it. And there you were anyway, your eyes flicking between the book and his face guiltily. “I—” He couldn’t find any words because there was a lump in his throat that they couldn’t push past. He managed to strangle out a quick, “For y-your birthday, s-supposed to be a s-s-surprise.”

You could tell how badly you had embarrassed him and couldn’t help the wide grin that split your face. You couldn’t stop yourself from striding right over to him and gathering his slim frame into your arms. You could feel the heat of his blush against the side your face that you had pressed into his neck. “Credence, this is so thoughtful, I can’t believe you remembered!”

You pulled back and saw his blush creep further up his face as he said, “I—Well, I remember e-everything you say, Y/N.”

Now you were blushing, not realizing how much attention he paid your conversation. You had always thought he preferred Newt and Tina’s company. You then realized that he had circled back to the store and found yourself asking, “I saw you in town. You went back to the store. Why did you go to all of the other ones?”

His blush deepened, and you had to fight another grin because he was just so unbelievably cute when he was flustered. “I-I was also l-looking for—for—for this.” He reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a beautiful necklace. “I n-noticed that you s-stopped wearing yours, and T-Tina said that you had b-broken it. The man at the bookstore said he had to go f-find the copy of the book to see if they still had it, so I—I went looking for this.”

Your jaw had dropped, and he ducked his head in embarrassment thinking that you hated it. You reached up slowly to touch the necklace still in his hand, and he jerked his head up at the action. You looked from the necklace up to his wide, frightened eyes before reaching up to touch his face. “May I kiss you, please, Credence?”

He nodded tentatively before you pressed your lips against his, thinking that this was the best birthday you had ever had.

Credence was surprised himself and was suddenly glad that you had caught him hiding your gifts. It was the most unbelievably adorable mess of a surprise, but he wasn’t so embarrassed about that anymore, not when he could feel you smiling against his mouth.

experiment sixteen (m)

pairing: reader x park jimin

genre/components: smut // jimin’s a rich boy with a kink; dirty sex in a classroom with an angel is a must

count: 3802 words

a/n: my first smut with bts l o l i hope you like it also recommended to listen to [ take me to church by hozier ]

Park Jimin liked to live his life peacefully. He preferred to avoid complications and confrontations, which was the reason why he tended to steer clear of attachments. Expectedly, he was the heir to the biggest corporation in Korea that monopolized a greater part of the economy, including electricity, water, technology, you name it. It wasn’t surprising either that he was the top-achieving student in the most elite private school in Seoul.

Polite, gracious, and forgiving, he was adored by students and professors. It was disgustingly cliché at times but nobody could really despise Park Jimin for his success. He worked his sweat and bones to reach that point after all. No tears though, because he never cried a day in his life. Not when his mother passed, not with his father’s absence. If heaven gave its blessing to anyone, it would’ve been Jimin.

Though, it didn’t imply that he was a complete saint.

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Herein lies another problem. When conversations are dominated by those who have obtained large followings, the creation and enforcement of hierarchy emerges. This hierarchy revolves around not just competition for followers, but for credibility among those followers. Activists with large online audiences are thought to already have established their credibility — especially among the newly politicized — by showcasing their intellect. All too often, however, this showcasing takes the form of shutting down and/or delegitimizing other users’ ideas and lived experiences. To admit one might potentially be wrong, or even inaccurate, is to lose credibility and access to followers (social currency).

Preventing this loss of currency can become incredibly vindictive. People start treating each other like ruthless transactions, carcasses to step over rather than human beings actively engaged in dialogue or disagreement. After a while it can feel like survival of the fittest. Sometimes it is. Just as billionaires have enormous resources at their disposal to manipulate the flow of power and preserve market dominance, social currency enables popular web-based activists to maintain dominance over online discourses. So while the visibility social media enables can be a valuable tool for the proliferation of alternative media, marginalized voices, and radical re-education, how that visibility is obtained and maintained can be painfully problematic.

[…] It is also important to note that living within these power systems… we are forced to carry our personal and generational trauma everywhere we go. In the arena of social media this carryover has a cannibalistic quality. Without time and space to suture our wounds the blood loss never stops. Heated disagreements between oppressed people take on the tone and feel of an attack, until finally, when all hope for reconciliation has evaporated, we devour one another. At such a point we have fallen back on dominant mechanisms of power, onto its value system, not only because of our own exhaustion, but also convenience and expedience. It may not be in our nature, but it certainly is second nature.

“‘Ladies,’ Elend said to the women, ‘as Lady Vin herself will be quick to tell you, I’m rather ill-mannered. That, in itself, would be a very small sin. Unfortunately, I’m also quite unconcerned about my own disregard for propriety. So, therefore, I’m going to steal my wife away from you all and selfishly monopolize her time. I’d apologize, but that’s not the sort of thing we barbarians do.’”—Pages 290-291

I love Elend when he’s at these parties because he’s so sassy.

“At that moment—as the music began—Elend reached into his pocket and pulled out a book. He raised it with one hand, and the other one her waist, and began to read.”—Page 292

He’s also an adorable little shithead.

gailbsanders  asked:

I'm sorry to monopolize your inbox like this, but since Mycroft canon seems to originate with you, I'm wondering what your head canon is for Mycroft's future relationship with Rosie Watson? (If an S5 or future Christmas specials do in fact happen, I think it would be particularly funny to see Rosie taking to Uncle Mycroft and hanging on his every word, to the immense horror of John and Sherlock.) Your thoughts?

I actually think after the shitshow events of TFP Mycroft may try to make some sort of effort to be at least…. functioning around her, given how things turned out with Eurus. 

I’m not usually one for absolute flights of fancy but consider this: 

A scenario where Mycroft goes to 221B to ask Sherlock for help with a case and Sherlock is like “Of course, no problem brother mine” and Mycroft is instantly narrowing his eyes in suspicion at how helpful he’s being but before he can even open his mouth to say anything Sherlock has plonked Rosie in his lap and he and John are heading for the door while shouting where to find the nappies and baby food.

Mycroft would sit there for a moment in shock before shouting for Mrs Hudson to come and take the problem off his hands but naturally she’d gleefully ignore him.

An hour later Sherlock & John would return to find Mycroft sat on the floor with Rosie dramatically recounting the tale of Appointment in Sumatra using Billy the skull as Death (he’d do Sherlock’s revised happy ending of course, because he’s trying). 

I can basically recognize another gemini by whether or not I see them trying repeatedly to add something to the discussion and getting talked over by everyone else, followed by everyone else accusing them of monopolizing the conversation

& I, the observer, am the only one to say “bitch where?!”

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Thurston Moore (SONIC YOUTH): People see rock and roll as, as youth culture, and when youth culture becomes monopolized by big business, what are the youth to do? Do you, do you have any idea?

I think we should destroy the bogus capitalist process that is destroying youth culture.

I am so sick of The Flash fandom trying to monopolize the characters’ relationships. Considering the fact most characters grew up without a parent, had problematic families and lived lonely lives, they deserve to have as many friends as possible.

I know that usually people have a few true friends, but the thing is, having only a single friend is never a good or healthy thing. People deserve to have at least four or five strong and eternal bonds in their lives. That said, it really frustrates me the fact many shippers only accept the halves of their otp having moments with no one else but one another.

And it especially annoys me when someone feels that way about Caitlin. Caitlin grew up with no father, an absent mother and probably never made lifelong relationships in school/college. It’s likely that Ronnie was her first real friend (+ fiancé and husband) and he died. She also had her reputation ruined while grieving him and it took her around a year to feel love and hope again (for her life, work and romantic life). Now she is struggling with the fear of her powers and future and she needs all the support she can get. From Barry. From Cisco. From Julian. From any and everyone.

Remember when she said they can’t do their jobs alone and trying is the worst mistake they could make? She spoke out of experience. She was hiding her powers for months, while being completely scared of them. Just imagine the things going on inside her mind, the nightmares and tears she must have dropped.

This is more than simply shipping, Caitlin deserves all the comfort she can and should get. Each one of her friends can contribute with something and the more help she gets, the more secure she might feel. Cisco knows her for a longer time and better than anyone. It was only after meeting Barry that she was able to overcome Ronnie’s death, find love for her job again and he’s been there for crucial moments in her life (finally raising strength to go to the pipeline again, having her life hanging on balance when Farooq was trying to kill them, allowing herself to move on with her love life and going to a bar and more), just like she’s been there for him. Julian is the closest person to know what she is going through right now, since he looks even more of a loner than she is and knows how it is to have powers that take control over your mind and make you unintentionally harm innocent people. Barry, Cisco and Julian can get Caitlin in completely different ways and each approach can be extremely helpful and important to her.

Ultimately, Caitlin’s anchor is herself. The only person that can save her is and should be herself. She must develop enough trust in herself and embrace her powers to overcome Killer Frost, because if she doesn’t, the entire world could believe in her and it wouldn’t solve a thing. Still, having all of her friends’ support might make her feel confident faster.

The fact some people are or let ship blind them so much to wish only Cisco, Julian or Barry would be the one to listen to, comfort, save her and be her ‘one and only anchor’ annoys the hell out of me. It’s never been portrayed this way and if anyone who says as if it were, they are clearly biased and ignoring important moments that Caitlin had on the show. I can name countless scenes where Cisco, Barry or Julian provided great support for her and how she needed that help. 

This is also more than merely about her, Caitlin herself is a great person and friend to all of them, especially Julian. I know she has a longer bond with Cisco and Barry, but the closest thing Julian has to a friend and supporter at the moment is Caitlin. To wish Julian would stay lonely and deal with his problems completely alone (like Caitlin herself has tried to do) because you would only like her to have meaningful interactions with either Barry or Cisco is extremely egoistical and insensitive. Before being half of your otp, these characters are their own people and individuals. So, despite your ship preference, please understand and respect the fact Caitlin has more than a single meaningful relationship, she’s got multiple of them and is also an important friend to multiple people. Thank you.

 Normandy produced the largest known collection of male witches anywhere in Western Europe. From 1564 to 1660, the judicial records of the Norman Parlement at Rouen (almost 90 percent complete between 1585 and 1630, the peak years of recorded witch trials in Normandy and across Western Europe, generally) reveal that almost three-fourths of its 380 recorded witchcraft defendants were men. Approximately two-thirds of the 100 people whom the Rouen Parlement condemned to death for witchcraft were men; men virtually monopolized Norman witchcraft cases after 1630, providing its final defendants long after Louis XIV supposedly decriminalized witchcraft in 1682. 

 Shepherds accounted for over one-fifth of all male witches in Normandy, using a variety of magical methods either to sicken or to cure livestock. The most frequently mentioned malevolent substance used by shepherds was toad venom; their most powerful benevolent magic required stolen consecrated Hosts. Two other occupational groups were also overrepresented among Norman witchcraft suspects: clergymen (prominent from 1598 until the 1640′s) and blacksmiths, who practiced illicit forms of veterinary medicine. Normandy experienced no witchcraft panics, but rather a steady trickle of witch trials every year. The Witches’ Sabbat was well known before 1600, but apparently never led to multiple denunications and trials. After 1590, the Rouen Parlement became more severe than Paris in judging accused witches.

 Toads and Eucharists: The Male Witches of Normandy, 1564-1660“, by William Monter, French Historical Studies, Vol.20, No.4,  pp. 563-595.

So the writers are finally remembering Caitlin and Barry have a relationship? The two are really having scenes together? Without the whole cast in the middle of them? Without 10 metres of distance between each other? And the scenes are in fact substancial? They are not just having a trivial or science conversation? They are talking about one or both of themselves instead of crime or a third person? And they are actually TOUCHING? SHOCKING!!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, given that the last substancial scene these two had were on the 2x22 episode and before that it was probably on 1x07, the whole scenes will either be deleted or they will probably have a terrible argument/fight. Obviously, he will understand Caitlin wasn’t being herself and their friendship will be fine, but I bet there will be more 36 episodes where their friendship will be ignored. Because the writers seem to have forgot how to write characters without monopolizing their relationships. Since season two, they can’t have multiple (friendly/romantic/fraternal) relationships. They don’t seem to be allowed to have meaningful scenes, share secrets and vent with/to different people, at least not on the same episode (more like over an entire season, to be honest). Suddenly, the writers have got this terrible idea of monopolizing and hierarchizing the bonds of this show. Which is quite frustrating because I don’t find that realistic. For me what’s actually healthy and realistic is to have multiple people in your life that equally matter to you, but in different ways. I have friends that I’ve known longer, the ones that are fairly different from me so they can bring me a different perspective and others who I basically have everything in common so they always make me feel understood. I mean, there are so many possibilities to go with those great characters and so much potential for deepening their current relationships and developing new ones; but the writers don’t seem to give a flying fuck about that anymore. Which it is a shame, but at least soon I will be given a Caitlin-centric episode, focusing on her developing powers, struggle, and hopefully, she will finally overcome them, embrace her abilities and use them to save even more people. And the fact this episode was important enough to be the one they made Kevin Smith direct makes me excited for The Flash for the first time in a while; but the season itself so far still feels like a disappointment to me (except for two episodes that I found remotely good).